With Newcastle United’s bid of £5M for Stephene Mbia of Rennes being turned down on Friday there is a report in the News Of The World today that a Newcastle delegation will fly to France today in an attempt to get the deal finalized for both Stephane Mbia and Adil Rami.
Adil Lille – 23 year old Lille center back
We have no idea if this story is true, but after yesterday’s debacle at Blackburn we hope it is true, because we are probably doomed to relegation if we can’t bring at least 4-5 new players in during the January transfer window.
And those Newcastle fans who say it would be best to be relegated and build from the Championship – don’t you believe it, there’s no money down there, and the club would be losing millions in TV rights, and it would be so much harder to get good players while we are in the Championship – no thanks.
We’d also need to let a number of our players leave, because we just couldn’t afford their wages in the Championship – it’s simply business 101. You have to run the club on what you are bringing in. and the TV rights would be substantially lower since we wouldn’t be in the Premier League.
Rami is a Lilles defender, born in December, 1985 in Bastia and is of Moroccan descent and plays in central defense. In March of last year he received his first call-up for the full France national football team, a surprising decision by France manager Raymond Domenech as Rami played only 17 Ligue 1 matches at that time.
That number has gone up to over 30 now, and the 6’2″ defender has also played once for the France B side – so this boy, from what we can find out, looks to be of very good pedigree.
Manager Joe Kinnear sees Rami as the player to help bolster his defense, which is again starting to leak goals, with 12 goals now conceded in the last 4 league games, where we have picked up only a solitary point. 🙁
Unfortunately the 23 year-old Rami has also caught the eye of Marseille, Lyon and Manchester United.
The news is that Newcastle are ready to increase their bid for Mbia from £5M, but whether they can persuade Rennes to sell in January, when the team are so well positioned in 3rd place in Ligue 1 is another story.
Lille play Rennes today with a 3:00 pm kick off time, and the Newcastle delegation will be there – or so the NOTW is reporting, and we don’t know if there’s any truth in this.
We just hope there is.
Newcastle fans will have to hope that Newcastle will have some significant success this next week in the transfer market, because it’s very clear we will just not survive in the Premier League this season with our current squad, which has also recently been decimated by injuries.